This is the second book to be translated from this 1977 Hebrew series, spans the four months of the Jewish calendar from Iyar through Av. The book contains an eclectic set of stories and explanations surrounding the major Jewish events occurring in each month. Although the content is definitely written for an Orthodox Jewish audience, there are so many different stories, poems and anecdotes to choose from, it will appeal to anyone interested in reading more about both the major and minor holidays. Jewish educators will especially like the child-friendly explanations of events such as counting the Omer, Lag BaOmer, and why there are five different names for Shavous. There are numerous parables, stories and even a riddle or two tying in with the historic events of long ago. The holiday of Shavous, for example, is embellished with tales about Har Sinai, an explanation of what a sofer does and even the complete story of Ruth. The book is particularly enhanced by the vibrant and appealing illustrations accompanying the text. This is a wonderful resource to complement both a religious school library and the home library of any family wanting the nitty-gritty details of Jewish events for these four months of the year.
Marcia Berneger is a retired teacher who lives with her husband and three crazy dogs. She taught both first and second grade, as well as special education. She currently teaches Torah school, in addition to her volunteer work in classrooms, libraries, and with various fundraisers. She lives in San Diego.